Churchill Fellowship for cycle skills trainer
Cycling Advocates Network manager Patrick Morgan will travel to Europe in September to study best-practice cycle training programmes. The study trip is partly funded by a Winston Churchill Fellowship.
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Mr Morgan says cycling skills can be acquired informally or taught in training programmes.
"Cycle skills are basic life skills which everyone should have, much like swimming and literacy."
Learning how to ride properly makes cycling more enjoyable and safer for children, adults and other road users, he says.
"Some cyclists have bad habits such as running red lights or riding too close to parked cars. With good training we can reduce unsafe behaviour."
"Cycle skills training is an excellent way to get more people on bikes, more often."
In Europe Mr Morgan will seek knowledge, contacts and experience to further raise the standard of CAN's cycle training.
CAN's trainers promote best practice cycle training based on the NZ Cycle Skills Guidelines. CAN is working with BikeNZ and cycle training providers on a Qualifications Framework assessment system to improve training quality.
"Our programmes are good, but we still need to train more trainers and find money for more courses," says Mr Morgan.
Winston Churchill Fellowships help New Zealanders to go overseas for insights and understanding that will enrich their communities and New Zealand as a whole.